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Gala Count On Drogba & Sneijder

Wednesday night’s Champions League tie between Galatasaray and Schalke could be one of this season’s unexpected crackers in the competition.

Both teams have performed admirably in reaching the last-16, and probably feel that along with Malaga and Porto, they have the most fortunate draws.

The Turkish giants are having a good season, and currently sit atop their domestic league, ahead of their great rivals Fenerbahce.

Schalke meanwhile, are dependable as ever, and surely sense the opportunity to progress deep into the Champions League.

Both teams have also made eye-catching squad additions which have bolstered their chances on the European stage.

Schalke will be missing Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay due to injury, but their new signing- Michel Bastos- has hit the ground running, and scored a brace in their weekend draw at Mainz.

All eyes will be on Gala’s new star duo however, Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneidjer.

Ivorian legend Drogba may not yet be fully up to speed after his signing from Shanghai Shenhua, but he did score with a header on his debut for his new club last week.

Having scored Chelsea’s equaliser and the winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final last season, Drogba has legitimate pedigree at the highest level. And Gala manager Fatih Terim is crooning at the luxury of fielding Drogba in his line-up.

Sneijder also won the Champions League against Bayern Munich when he was Inter Milan’s midfield ace, and together with Drogba, he has made Galatasaray a team to take note of.

Terim is excited about the impact the pint-sized Dutchman and somewhat larger Ivorian can make for his team.

"It gave us a morale boost ahead of the Schalke game," Terim said, of Drogba and Sneidjer’s presence.

"When he is fit, Drogba has the ability both to keep the ball for us up front and to lead the team.

“When you add Sneijder to that, we will perform much better. Both have integrated with the team very quickly.”


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